Memorial liquidation news digest

The Moscow City Court has postponed the consideration of the prosecutor’s claim on the liquidation of Memorial to November 29

November 11

  • The Prosecutor General’s Office filed a lawsuit to liquidate the International Memorial. The department stated that the organization allegedly systematically violates the legislation on “foreign agents”

November 12

  • Memorial sister organization, Human Rights Centre Memorial announced that a similar move had been made against it by the Moscow Prosecuor’s Office
  • The Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation called the demand of the Prosecutor General’s Office to liquidate Memorial “disproportionate”
  • OVD-Info made a statement: Liquidation of Memorial is a verdict for the entire civil society

November 13

  • Writer Lyudmila Petrushevskaya announced that she was giving up the title of laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, which Vladimir Putin presented to her in 2002. She said the reason for this action was the intention of the Russian authorities to liquidate the oldest human rights organization, Memorial
  • US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged the Russian authorities not to abuse the law on “foreign agents” and demanded that they abandon plans to liquidate the human rights organization Memorial. Foreign Minister Josep Borrell made a similar statement on behalf of the European Union

November 15

  • Russian educators demanded an end to the persecution of Memorial and the abolition of repressive “foreign agents” law

November 16

  • Dozens of Russian and international organizations (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Norwegian Helsinki Committee and many others) have come out in defense of Memorial

November 17

  • Convicted historian Yuri Dmitriev supported Memorial
  • Cultural figures defended the Memorial. Among them are Oleg Basilashvili, Leonid Yarmolnik, Chulpan Khamatova, Veniamin Smekhov, Yuri Norshtein, Leonid Parfyonov, Evgeny Kisin, Elena Koreneva, Andrey Makarevich, Vladimir Pozner and many others

November 18

  • Nobel laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Dmitry Muratov called on the Prosecutor General’s Office to withdraw the claim against Memorial

November 20

  • Polish public figure Adam Michnik: “The Memorial has become a symbol of Russia, which is changing. Liquidation of the Memorial would mean the posthumous rehabilitation of Stalin, because it would take away the opportunity to speak the truth about Stalin and his repressions”
  • In the center of Dusseldorf, hundreds of passers-by walked past a picket held by activists of Freies Russland NRW on the city’s main street, Königsallee, and were informed about the threat of closure of the International Memorial

November 21

  • Russian musician Yuri Shevchuk signed a letter in support of Memorial
  • A rally in defense of the Memorial took place in front of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw

November 22

  • Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz – the former head of the Polish Embassy in Russia supported the Memorial

  • An action was held in Sacramento in support of the Memorial Human Rights Center, for the freedom of Alexei Navalny and all political prisoners

  • An action in support of Memorial was held in the center of Paris

November 23

  • The Moscow City Court has postponed the consideration of the prosecutor’s claim on the liquidation of Memorial to November 29